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IBM T400 LTO2 Tape Drive

In order to rise to the twin challenges of rapid data growth and shrinking backup windows in today’s enterprise environment, IBM has introduced the second-generation IBM TotalStorage LTO Ultrium Tape Drive T400/T400F. Featuring advanced technologies, this tape drive offers more than TWICE the performance of its predecessor and doubles the cartridge capacity when using the new Ultrium 2 media.
IBM 3580 LTO Ultrium tape drive
IBM LTO Ultrium
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Second Generation Enhancements

Digital speed matching (DSM) enables the drive to adjust its native data rate to closely match the host data rate. Along with an increased buffer, this feature may dramatically improve throughput in an environment where the host data rate is less than optimal.

A 64MB buffer works in concert with DSM to minimize the impact of data rate fluctuations by reducing backhitch operations and allowing the tape drive to perform as its optimal speed.

An optimal LTO data compression (SLDC) implementation uses an IBM-patented algorithm that synchronously swaps the data compression scheme between ALDC and pass-through for optimal data compression (resulting in increased storage capacity).

IBM’s patented Partial Response Maximum Likelihood (PRML) channel is used to read and write new tapes, while maintaining first-generation Ultrium peak-detect technology to enable backwards compatibility.

Reel motor enhancements allow the maximum tape speed to be increased by 33% to 8 meters/second. Further, the average file access time has been reduced by 33% to 49 seconds, and unload time has been dropped 17% to 15 seconds.

Smart power management greatly reduces power consumption and heat dissipation and can switch the drive to either an idle or standby mode when it is not in use

Operating System Support

  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6.0
  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Sun Solaris
  • HP-UX
  • Linux (Intel processor-based servers)
  • AIX Version 4.3.3 or 5.1
  • OS/400
  • Novell NetWare

IBM 3580 LTO Ultrium 2 Tape Drive
Tape Drive Type LTO Ultrium 2
Capacity Per Cartridge 400GB compressed1; 200GB native
Sustained Data Transfer Rate 70MB/second compressed1; 35MB/second native
Aggregate sustained data rate 247GB/hour1
Number of Tracks 512
Media Type LTO Ultrium 1 and LTO Ultrium 2
Backward Compatibility Read/write compatible with Ultrium 1
Interface T400: Ultra-160 SCSI LVD
T400F: FC-2 at 1Gbps or 2Gbps
Rewind speed Up to 8 meters/second
Operating speed Up to 6.22 meters/second
Locate speed 8 meters/second
Average file access 49 seconds
Load to BOT 15 seconds
Unload from BOT 15 seconds
Dimensions (H x W x D) 3.33in x 5.83in x 8.33in (8.5cm x 14.9cm x 21.1cm)
Weight 6.6 lbs. (3.0 kg)
Warranty Internal Drive: Three-year mail-in exchange
1 Assuming 2:1 compression
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